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As Independence Day arrives, it’s a divisive time in the U.S.  Siena College is out with the results of a survey asking New Yorkers about patriotism.

Hanford Mills Museum will hold its annual Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4. Activities include a kids’ fishing derby on the Mill Pond, frog jumping contests, live music, local food, and steam-power and water-power demonstrations in the Museum’s historic sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop.

Visitors can sample ice cream made on steam-powered churn chilled with ice cut during February’s Ice Harvest Festival. Visitors also can bring a picnic. The Hanford Mills String Band, featuring Peter Blue will perform in the Mill Yard.

The Independence Day Celebration on July 4 runs from 10 am to 4 pm, with the Museum site open until 5 pm. Liz Callahan is the Museum’s Executive Director.

Tune in for Special July 4th Programming

Jul 3, 2013

Beginning at 9AM, right after Morning Edition, we'll meet Andrew Forsthoefel, who set out at age 23 to walk across America, East to West, 4000 miles, with a sign on him that said, "Walking to Listen" in Walking Across America ~ Advice for a Young Man. At 10AM, back by popular demand, we're re-airing the Richie Havens Retrospective special. FM Odyssey brings us this rare, intimate, in studio interview with Richie that recreates his 5 decades in music, digging deep into his catalog of songs with great music and stories.

As people celebrate America’s independence at community concerts and fireworks shows this week there is a focus on security at large public gatherings. Police are mindful of April’s Boston Marathon bombing.

       Massachusetts authorities consulted with security experts and studied practices used by police in New York City and London to devise a security plan for July 4th.  Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney encourages people to attend the annual concert and fireworks show at the city’s Riverfront Park. He said there is nothing that suggests any threat to the event.

Today we’re talking freedom – which, according to the dictionary, can mean exemption from external control, the power to determine action without restraint, or national independence.

That leads us to Independence Day, celebrated tomorrow on the Fourth of July, a day when we, as Americans, are supposed to celebrate our freedom as afforded by our fore fathers with the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.